Random Reaction from Jimae

An Important Note: These reactions are shared by real people–and as a talk show would put it: The views and opinions of these people do not necessarily state or reflect my own.

How would you define book discrimination?

It’s the unfair “categorization” of books due to… well, in other circumstances of discrimination, usually it is being different (in race, religion/religious beliefs, etc.) that causes the others to distance themselves from these things/people. When it comes to books, sometimes it’s being to close to the idea of another book and being called a rip-off. Maybe it’s being incredibly different and being called a book that’s confusing or written poorly. It’s the unfair treatment of books just because a handful of readers were disappointed, and is treated like something less than what it’s supposed to be—a book.

How do you feel about it?

Nothing positive, as you might have gathered from my answer above. I hate how books are constantly being torn apart because of different opinions that aren’t even supposed to matter as much as the book itself is supposed to. It is a book. You may have cried over it, and of course there’s someone who will dislike it, say the plot is cliché, or that the character is irrational. They have to remember that this is the author’s story and character. If he/she wants to make it cliché, let him/her. If he/she wants to make the main character annoying, leave him/her alone, because they wrote this, and it is their decision. Leave them be. Judging things/people is perfectly normal. It’s part of the human factor. But calling them out, saying nothing but offensive things is NOT necessary. They have to learn how to keep it to themselves.

What do you think is the cause of book discrimination?

Negative opinions that are spoken too loud, I guess. If a person doesn’t like it, leave it at that. Please. Some people even go as far as sending their hate directly to the author (John Green, for example). Honestly, not everybody wants to hear people pouring crap on books—books that are actually loved by some people, books that have made it to their favorites list, and even more a book that was written by an author. An author who might have poured their sweat, and tears into it.

What would you do against it?

What is there to do, really? All we can do, is not be jerks like the other readers are, and hope the love spreads. It’s not like anything we say can change them drastically. Though if there are enough of us, the more open-minded readers, we can drown them out. In my first answer, I also said that having the same vague idea. Don’t think that way. Every book and author is unique in its own way, but in no circumstance should they be discriminated because they’re too different or too familiar.

Fill in the blanks. More people should read ________ by ________ because ________.

Books (no specific ones, really) by David Levithan, Neil Gaiman, and other authors you are not familiar with, mostly because Levithan and Gaiman have diferent writing styles from the other famous writers. Be open-minded. Adjust. Try to stray away from your most read genre. Learn to not step on others’ books just because you’re not used to them.

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